A new report shows that a marijuana component named cannabidiol (CBD) can help people who are suffering from alcohol addiction. This study states that the non-psychoactive marijuana component helped rats who were addicted to alcohol and other drugs. Despite the fact that the experiment was only performed on rats, it might apply to people too.
Marijuana Could Be the New Wonder Drug for AA
Once the researchers observed the great effects of cannabidiol, they began testing the compound on other problems such as psychiatric disorders and pain. For the study on alcohol addiction, scientists used a gel which contained CBD on rats who were addicted. The leader of the study, Friedbert Weiss mentioned that this is proof a marijuana component can help people stop from relapsing into alcohol addiction.
The researchers used the gel with cannabidiol from 1 day every week on rats who were addicted to alcohol. It was observed that rats were less stressed and the drug cues were low. Most people relapse after they stopped drinking due to stress and other personal problems. The marijuana component showed that it can lower the risk of relapse and it could help people fight alcohol addiction.
Researchers mentioned that this adds to previous evidence that marijuana, at least the non-psychoactive part of it, can help people with several problems. Previous research showed that marijuana can help people with pain, nausea, and muscle spasms. Despite this fact, researchers mentioned that marijuana needs more testing. Only then will it be safe to say that it can help all patients.
Scientists from this new study also stated that a human trial needs to be performed before it is safe to say that CBD can help people with alcohol addiction. Despite this fact, the research is just the first step. Researchers believe that CBD could soon become a viable treatment for several health problems.